5 Confederate soldiers desert, make their way through the Everglades, against snakes, disease and all the other and try to make it to Cuba.The scenes that take place during a storm were actually shot during a hurricane that visited Florida during the shooting schedule. Snakes used in the scenes came from a local tourist trap called Alligator Farm. Many of the exterior scenes were made in Altamonte Springs area. Pre-Disney Orlando
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten -
October 29, 2010 Subject:
Quicksand always swallows the guy, huh?
I've stepped in quicksand and at most it'll swallow you up to your waist, but it creates a vacuum almost impossible to pull yourself from alone. It took 5 guys from fire and rescue several hours to free me from it up to my knee.
Another oddity I noticed is the "hurricane" left everything high and dry the very next day. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Everglades a rather moist place and wouldn't it be even moister immediately after a hurricane?
So-so movie, but OK to watch despite all the typical hollyweird dumb stuff.
May 9, 2010 Subject:
pretty good for an awful movie
I am an American Civil War buff, so I sat through this slow-mover with nice scenery...
However, boring as it was - I am NOT at all sorry that I took the time to watch it.
Reviewer:four hooves -
December 16, 2009 Subject:
Less than a B Movie
I had high hopes for this one, but it is a C movie at best. Regardless of the danger the characters were in while trying to survive their trek through the Everglades, I found it very difficult to root for these Confederate deserters. The movie moves along very slowly and thus becomes quite boring.
May 10, 2009 Subject:
Lost films of R. John Hugh
Thanks for the great review, Cat Lady. Haven't seen "Yellowneck" yet (just downloading it now), but was pleasantly astonished to find it here. Can't wait to give it a look. Have been trying for years to find Hugh's films, most of which have been completely lost and forgotten. "Yellowneck," and "Throw Out the Anchor," were two of Hugh's most obscure and little-known films. Hugh's films were shot in Central Florida, but few were ever shown outside the state. One exception was "Johnny Tiger," a fairly big-budget movie (for Hugh) starring Robert Taylor and a very young Chad Everett. The film's shooting locations included the historic Longwood Hotel (in Longwood, FL), and Wekiva Springs State Park, where a few of the movie's prop constructions (such as the Seminole Indian village water tower) could still be seen many years later. As far as I know, Hugh's last film was "The Meal," which starred Carl Betz and Dina Merrill, and was shot in Winter Park, FL near Rollins college.
Would love to hear from anybody who knows what happened to Hugh's original negatives and prints.
Reviewer:Cat Lady -
August 28, 2007 Subject:
This is not a bad little movie
"Yellowneck" has its faults, but there are great moments in it that more than make up for them. It's an interesting exploration of the idea that a brave man tastes of death once but a coward dies 1000 times, all the more interesting because it's an unusual movie to have been made in the mid-1950s. They made a good effort to be authentic, although some of the Southern accents are intermittent, and the sergeant is a bit too "World War II-ish" for my taste (but maybe Kevin Conway's performances in Ron Maxwell's Civil War films have spoiled me). The participation of Seminoles in the movie really bolsters that sense of authenticity; three of them are credited in the list, and the brief fight at the village -- in particular, the prolonged fight-to-the-death between the sergeant (who is sick of killing) and the Seminole -- is as ugly as it would be in real life and yet very moving. The contrast between the natural beauty of the Glades and the scumbag deserters fighting their way through it is is striking -- one scene that I recall is of a beautiful spider's web, with the spider in the middle, a big one, and the reaction of fear, loathing, and disgust of the man who passes it. By the way, this is not a movie for those averse to spiders and bugs and snakes. In sum, it's not a great work of art, but it doesn't pretend to be. It tells a good story reasonably well, and is not one you'll quickly forget.